Wednesday, October 26, 2005
By the numbers The second week of November is World Kindness Week. And what better time to review kindness, civility and good manners by the numbers? That is, if it is perfectly all right with you.
70 Percent of Americans who believe we have worse manners than a generation ago.
93 Percent of Americans who fault parents for failing to teach civility to their kids.
76 Percent of school athletic associations that report trouble finding officials for sports games because parents behave so badly.
73 Percent of Americans who fault movies and TV for showing kids rude and violent behavior.
20 Number of violent acts per hour in children’s TV programming, according to a University of Pennsylvania study.
4 Number of summer etiquette camps for kids listed at www.mysummercamps.com.
15 Number of summer kayaking camps for kids listed at www.mysummercamps.com.
6,000,000 Acts of kindness a month, the goal by the National Association of Martial Artists for acts of kindness if each child taking a martial arts course in the United States performs one act a day.
13 Percent of Americans who admit to making a rude gesture while driving.
8 Percent of Americans who admit to talking in a loud or annoying way on a cell phone.
100 Percent chance that not all Americans who have made rude gestures while driving or talking in a loud or annoying way on a cell phone are admitting it.
1 Number of times you should say "please" every time you ask for a favor.
1 Number of times you should say "thank you" every time you ask for a favor.
1 And, right, the number of times the other person should say "you’re welcome."
Zay N. Smith
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